2011. Iran. Morteza Farshbaf. 84 min.
North American Premiere
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2011. Iran. Directed and cowritten by Morteza Farshbaf. With Sharareh Pasha, Kiomars Giti, Amir Hossein Maleki. From absolute darkness come the distant voices of a man and a woman arguing. Then the screen radiates with the brilliant green of countryside traversed by a car. Subtitles relay the conversation inside the car—between another man and woman—but we hear no voices. A middle-aged couple drives with their young nephew, who sits in the back seat wearing earphones. The couple attempt to hide some truth from the child as they debate his future—and their own—in a language that is not as private as they believe. Farshbaf, a protégé of Abbas Kiarostami, has constructed an intriguing, subtly humorous meditation on communication and emotional disability. In Farsi; English subtitles. 84 min.